My mother-in-law recently told my parents how lucky Husband was to have me for a wife and proceeded to list out my virtues. There were oh so many of them. *said with much sarcasm*
She did have one caveat though: I don’t know how to cook.
With all due respect to the woman who birthed my life partner and is the grandmother to my children, I must point out that I can, in fact, make a pretty decent chicken adobo, use Lipton soup mix to whip up a tasty meatloaf and once in a while broil a salmon filet to perfection.
But if I’m going to be pitted against Husband in a battle of cooking ability then, alas, I must concede. Husband wins. Mother-in-law is right. I’m no Racheal Ray.
So what’s a handicapped-in-the-kitchen mother to do? Give in? Nah.
You see, I might be lacking when it comes to culinary ability but I sure do have a knack for collecting some pretty easy and tasty recipes. True, most of them have gone un-tested but that’s a whole different blog post.
Here are my favorite tried-and-true recipes:
- Zuppa Toscana Soup – I went to a get-together at a friend’s house one cool and cloudy Northern California day where this hearty soup from Olive Garden was served. It was dee-lish. In the two weeks after, I made it at home twice and brought it to two potlucks. Never mind that I had never actually tried the real thing in all the times I’d been to Olive Garden. This is a good soup, pretty easy to assemble, and I totally got kitchen creds for it.
- Chicken Taco Ring – This has been a favorite since my Pampered Chef days way back in 2002. Not only is it a cinch to put together, the end product is just plain fun.
- Teriyaki Salmon – Seriously super easy to make. And seriously real good. Serious.
- Lemon Pound Cake – I recently learned the power of incorporating essential oils to my family’s lifestyle which includes adding them to the things we eat. I’m still discovering recipes for this but I started with something as simple as adding 4 drops of peppermint oil to a box of chocolate brownie mix. This lemon pound cake recipe was my second attempt and I enjoyed it so much that, as I did with the soup I described in #1, I made it so many times in the weeks after I first tried it. The best thing? People actually liked it.
- Butter Mochi Cake – This mochi cake is sooo good but sooo bad for you. Check the ingredients and you’ll see why. Regardless of what goes into this though, I still highly suggest making this dessert. Live a little. As the first-born likes to say, “I’m here for a good time not a long time.”
What are your go-to, never-fail recipes? Any that will make me look like I’m Giada in the kitchen?